Silk and spices Festival

"Silk and spices" festival

Spring is a good time to travel to Uzbekistan. At the moment there are several festivals taking place in Uzbek towns and villages. And one of these festivals is the "Silk and Spices" festival which usually takes place at the end of May.  It is the most colorful and fragrant event. During this festival, you will discover Uzbek customs and traditions. Several folk troupes arriving from different regions participate, as well as the designers of the traditional clothes, present their works. This travel takes you to the oriental tales, everywhere in the alleys artisans sell thin and shiny silk scarves, and potters create products covered with exquisite ornaments...    

7 DaysDiscovery toursUzbekistan

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  • 4 people: $885

  • 6 people: $810

  • 8 people: $786

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    Program

      
                                Tashkent International airport - Tashkent
    Arrival in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan
    Tashkent International airport - Tashkent

    Arrival in Tashkent in the morning. Reception at the airport, transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast.
    Visit to the capital of Uzbekistan, located at the crossroads of caravan routes, connecting Europe and India.
    Panoramic tour through the Independence Perspective, Place de Théâtre Navoï and Square Amir Timour.
    Visit of the most beautiful metro stations, the first metro in Central Asia; each of its stations is different and has been decorated by the country's greatest artists.
    The Khast-Imam ensemble in the heart of old Tashkent: the Madrasa Barakhan, a magnificent 16th century monument and seat of the Grand Mufti of Central Asia. Continue to the Moyie Mubarek Library Museum and the Juma Mosque.
    Visit of the Tchorsu grand bazaar (except Monday) and the Kukeldach medersa (XVI century).
    Visit of the Museum of Applied Arts, the former palace of the tsar's diplomat transformed into a museum in 1938. We will discover a fine collection of embroidery, pottery, ceramics, woodcarvings, musical instruments and traditional jewelry.
    Night at the hotel.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    16 km
    00:20
    03:00
      
                                Tashkent - Samarkand
    Discovery of Samarkand
    Tashkent - Samarkand

    Transfer to the station at 06:00 on the Afrosiab train which departs at 07:00 and arrives at 09:14 (300 km). We start the tour in the city.  Samarkand is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city in Uzbekistan and is as old as the cities of Babylon or Rome. You will visit the Ulugh Beg Observatory, founded by Ulugh Beg in the 15th century, one of Samarkand’s most famous leaders and scientists. While working at the observatory, Ulugh Beg developed the “Ziji Guragoni” catalog in 1437, which contained information on 1018 celestial bodies. Unfortunately, he was killed at the behest of his own son. Afterwards, you can walk along the local Broadway and discover souvenir shops, tea rooms, sweets, and various workshops. You will also visit the Siab bazaar, where you can buy traditional Uzbek crafts and local sweets. Today you will also see the carpet factory, a unique hand-made carpet factory that employs over 400 women. They weave carpets by hand without using traditional methods.  Overnight at the hotel.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    21:05
    04:00
      
                                Samarkand - Bukhara
    Siga conociendo la ciudad de Samarcanda
    Samarkand - Bukhara

    Hoy continuarás conociendo la ciudad de Samarcanda. Visitará los lugares más famosos de esta ciudad, como la plaza Régistan, la necrópolis Shakhi Zinda, el mausoleo Gour-Emir y la mezquita Bibi Khanoum. La plaza Régistan es un conjunto de tres medusas que fascinan por su aspecto y que datan de los siglos XV-XVII. Es la principal atracción de Samarcanda, cuya belleza y grandeza nunca dejan de admirar. El complejo arquitectónico de Shakhi Zinda es un conjunto de mausoleos de los siglos XI-XV, inscrito en la Lista del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO. La mezquita Bibi Khanoum se construyó en honor de la amada esposa de Tamerlan tras su exitosa campaña en la India. A continuación, la visita continuará en la ciudad de Bujará.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    03:00
      
                                Bukhara - Bukhara
    Day visit of Bukhara
    Bukhara - Bukhara

    Bukhara, one of the oldest cities of Central Asia, made famous by its former carpet market, city museum in the middle of the sands. Bukhara will delight you with the atmosphere of its old streets and its remarkable monuments that take us back to the medieval period and well before: mausoleum Ismail Samani (ninth-tenth centuries), Chashma Ayub mausoleum (XII-XIV century), the famous bazaar of Bukhara, together Bola Hauz (eighteenth century), Citadel Ark (I. -IVème centuries.). Lunch at a local restaurant in the modern city. Following the discovery; all Poi-Kalian (XV-XVI centuries) which consists of the Kalon mosque, Kalon minaret and madrasah Miri Arab. 

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    8 km
    04:00
      
                                Bukhara - Bukhara
    The festival day
    Bukhara - Bukhara

    Today we have a unique opportunity to participate in the festival «Silk and spices». Within the framework of this festival, there are presentations of folk collectives from all over the country, popular games, different master classes and fashion presentations of young creators from Uzbekistan. Participants of the festival go through a noisy procession from the gates of the Ark fortress to the complex of Lyabi Khaouz, the heart of ancient Bukhara.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
      
                                Bukhara - Tashkent
    Excursion around Bukhara, then train journey to Tashkent
    Bukhara - Tashkent

    Today you will go on an excursion around Bukhara. First you will visit the Baghaoddin Naqshbandi complex, located a few kilometres from Bukhara. It is a memorial complex of the famous Sufi chief and philosopher, one of the main centres of Muslim pilgrimage. Sheikh Baghaoddin Naqshbandi was one of Amir Timur's spiritual masters. Today, the complex includes the Kushbegi and Muzafarokhan mosques; a courtyard with a swimming pool; a madrasa; the tomb of the rulers of Bukhara and a dakhma over the tomb of the saint Baghaoddin Naqshbandi. After the visit you will be taken to Bukhara railway station, from where you will drive to the city of Tashkent.

     

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    444 km
    04:00
      
                                Tashkent - Tashkent International airport
    Transfer to Tashkent International airport
    Tashkent - Tashkent International airport

    Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Depending on your flight schedule, the guide will accompany you to the airport and help you check in for your flight. We hope you enjoyed your trip and invite you back to explore other Central Asian countries with us.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    4 km
    00:20
    0 m
    0 m

    Very good organization thank you Fabien serious and professional mountain guides thank you Lidia and Stas .t res nice itineraries and warm welcome in the yurts and guest houses thank you to Albina and Miralan and to nouiella and her parents.

    Nicole

    Alex Johnson is a tour guide par excellence, especially for English-speaking visitors. He is very knowledable about Kyrgyzstan, considerate, flexible, and a born problem-solver. Combined with his detailed knowledge of off-the-beaten-path sights and wonders plus his many friendships with locals everywhere, a traveler cannot go wrong picking Alex as a companion. I know because we toured the mountains together for two weeks of glorious fun

    Christian W. Dame

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    What is included

    • All transportation in a private vehicle

    • All airport transfers

    • Accommodation as described in the program

    • Meals (3 per day)

    • Bottled water & tea

    • English-speaking guide

    • All the activities listed in the program

    • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

    • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

    • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

    • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

    • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

    What is not included

    • International flights

    • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

    • Travel & repatriation insurance

    • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

    • Alcoholic and soft drinks

    • Personal expenses

    • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

    • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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